“For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn–conflicts on the outside, fears within” (2 Corinthians 7:5).
This is how I feel most days. How about you?
When we came into chronic illness . . . disability . . . unrelenting pain . . . loneliness . . . “we had no rest, but were harassed at every turn–conflicts on the outside, fears within.”
Yep, that about covers it.
We know that Jesus has promised us rest. He has assured us that His load is easy, His burden is light.
Sometimes I get so caught up in those conflicts and fears, I forget how to access that. I begin to believe that it’s some intricate process, labor-intensive, and requiring much more effort than I can give at the desperate moment.
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:30-31).
A few important things for us to remember:
* Jesus notices. He is observing, He knows your need, and He has issued the invitation.
* Find a quiet place. It’s important to have an area that is readily available to you, in which you can enter His presence in peace and silence.
* Be by yourself. He does not call you to be alone. Please remember the “come with me” part. He’s with you.
That’s it. No other steps needed. Enter in, won’t you? Accept His rest.
“Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you” (Psalm 116:7).
Prayer: Caring Father, please remind us when we’re overcome with fear and conflict, that You have rest prepared for us. Help us to join You there. Thank You for Your faithful blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. They live the good life in South Louisiana. She is a writer for God’s glory. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and a yet-unnamed neuro degenerative disease, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January 2014. Though her condition continues to deteriorate, her spirit is constantly focused on eternity. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
What do you find yourself needing Jesus’ rest from this week?
This is the song “Quiet Place” by Take 6. Shelly thought you would enjoy it. I loved how Shelly broke down the scripture to remind us how to find renewal, and yet finding that quiet place is a huge challenge for me. With both my husband and son home 24/7 with me, I long for the quiet I once knew. Perhaps you are in a season too where you cannot find a quiet place, or you cannot drive to anywhere alone. Maybe you have a roommate who seems to want to talk all the time. Whatever it is, let us remember to pray for God to provide that which He knows we truly need. Hugs. -Lisa